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It’s hard to precisely categorise the focus of the Horniman Museum and that’s what makes it so interesting.

Horniman Museum

It’s hard to precisely categorise the focus of the Horniman Museum and that’s what makes it so interesting – it’s essentially a vast private collection of esoterica, compiled by Victorian tea trader Fredrick Horniman (1835-1906), with a broad skew towards anthropology and natural history.

There are a couple of must-see highlights. One part of the museum is given over entirely to musical instruments from around the world – it’s a catalogue mind-boggling in its breadth and variety, all lovingly restored.

Elsewhere, the section of stuffed animals is also renowned; in particular there’s a bizarre-looking walrus, who was packed too tight and has since become a symbol of the museum’s slightly off-kilter vibe.

Great for: Something a bit different

100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ
Tube: Forest Hill
horniman.ac.uk


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